Director: Wen Yimin
Possibly the earliest extant Chinese martial arts film, Red Heroine shows the genre not only goes back to the silent era, but that the woman warrior was striking for justice for her sisters even then. The film was so titled to reflect the original red tinting of the woman warrior’s costume, and is an example of the shenguai wuxiapian, the supernatural martial arts subgenre that Bruce Lee’s more “realistic” combat shoved aside for a time. In this case, the flying heroine wields sword and Daoist magic to rescue virginal lasses from a warlord’s debauchery.
Digital video, Chinese intertitles with English subtitles, 94 min.
With live musical accompaniment by DJ Kendo!
Note: Please dress warmly because this will be a nighttime outdoor screening.
5:00pm – Event Starts
6:30pm – Intro
7:00pm – Movie Screening Begins
8:30pm – Movie Screening Ends
9:00pm – Event Ends
The Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco is the oldest organization in the country dedicated to the presentation and preservation of Chinese American history. Since 1963, CHSA has strived to be a responsible steward of the remarkable narrative of the Chinese American community through education, exhibitions, and programming.
A big thank you to our partners the Bruce Lee Foundation, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, and Center for Asian American Media.